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First-quarter analysis: Bryce Brown is busy

Bryce Brown's spot on the Buffalo Bills' roster got a little more secure this week when Fred Jackson was released, but he got a good chance to show why the team should keep him in the first quarter Thursday in the preseason finale against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Brown had five carries for 22 yards in the quarter, including a gain of 17 yards on a second-and-12 play. Brown also had one catch, but it went for a loss of 5 yards. Brown has missed a big chunk of the preseason because of a hamstring injury.

Showing coach Rex Ryan and Co. he’s worthy of a roster spot is a big opportunity for him Thursday night.

Making amends: Bills cornerback Ron Brooks almost had a pick-six against Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky on Detroit’s first possession, but the ball sailed through his arms. No matter. Brooks got his touchdown on Detroit’s second possession. Bills cornerback Merrill Noel drilled Lions receiver Jeremy Ross just as the ball arrived, popping it straight into the air. Brooks was in the right spot to bring it down and bring it in for a touchdown.

It wasn’t all good for Brooks in the quarter, though, as he committed a pass-interference penalty after Detroit got the ball back.

Tough call: Bills cornerback Mario Butler was called for illegal formation on a Detroit punt play. Because it was fourth-and-4, the penalty gave the Lions a first down.

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